Creative thinking. A resilient future for the global community.
At the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, we see reward where others may see only risk. We know that planetary health doesn’t encompass just one ecosystem or one species and that sustainability solutions cannot be limited to one ﬁeld of inquiry. That’s why we empower question-asking, risk-taking researchers from all disciplines to be part of the innovation conversation.
Thinking outside of their departments and across specialties, Atkinson Center researchers are uniquely positioned to ensure that today’s answers do not compromise tomorrow’s ambitions—that discovery in one area positively aﬀects other parts of the whole.
The Atkinson Center funds cutting-edge research on energy, environment, and economic development, including pioneering work on climate change, sustainable cities, planetary health, and environmental justice. We focus and build on Cornell’s proven research strengths, from sustainable agriculture to energy transitions.